Prison Accident Claims

Our free accident claims guide is to help victims that have suffered an accident or injury while at prison. Our solicitors are here 7 days a week to start your claim for compensation.

Prisons are dangerous places, both for prisoners and for the staff who work with them, such as prison officers. You see many accidents and injuries where so many people living and working together. But there are also arising number of serious assaults targeting both inmates and prison officers. The prison service has a duty to protect everyone who enters a prison. It includes the inmates, prison officers, visitors, counseling and clerical workers, and others. If this duty has not been fulfilled, you are likely to be able to make a claim.

If you suffer an injury in a prison and it wasn’t your fault, you can make a claim. Call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no-obligation consultation. Working with a team of experienced personal injury claims solicitors can be invaluable in making a prison accident claim. Cases can be very complex, so we highly recommend that you accept legal assistance in these cases.

Can I Claim For Accidents That Happened In Prisons?

The prison service has a legal responsibility to keep everyone safe within prisons. If your accident or injury could have been foreseen (predicted) and nothing was done to prevent it, you are highly likely to be able to make a claim.

It can be tempting for members of the public to assume that prisons are just inherently unsafe and that any accidents or injuries that take place within them are just inevitable. This is simply not true. Prison officers have the right to work in a safe environment. And prison inmates have the same right to live in a safe and secure place. If this has not been achieved, you deserve compensation.

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What Kinds Of Prison Accidents Can I Claim For?

The requirements for claiming compensation for an accident in prison is the same as for any other workplace or public place. You must be able to demonstrate that there was someone responsible for your safety (which is very straightforward in prison accidents), that the accident or injury could have been predicted and that you have suffered an injury as a result.

Common Prison Accidents Where It Is Possible To Make A Compensation Claim Include:

  • Slips, trips and falls.

The prison service is responsible for keeping your work/living space clear and free from hazards, in much the same way that any other public place or employer would be. This means that they may be responsible for any slips, trips, or falls if these were caused by carelessness or negligence.

  • Assaults.

It is possible for both inmates and prison officers to make a compensation claim for assaults in prison.

  • Any accidents involving machinery or faulty equipment.

Both prison officers and inmates can consider the prison to be their workplace. This means that you have the right to expect the same degree of protection and care as any other employee. If you are injured as a result of using damaged or faulty equipment or being asked to use equipment you are not properly trained in the use of, you are entitled to claim compensation.

  • Wrongful imprisonment.

If your time in prison was subsequently found to have been in error, you deserve compensation for the loss of time and opportunity, as well as the suffering you have experienced.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim For My Prison Accident?

It is impossible to give an accurate estimate of the likely compensation payment for your prison accident claim without knowing the full details of your case. This is why our expert team of personal injury solicitors take the time to fully understand your unique situation. In more general terms, however, your compensation can be divided into two parts.

The first part of your compensation is for the pain and suffering of the injury itself. This will usually be within guidelines, that the Judicial College (a national governing body). These guidelines give broad ranges for the amount of compensation due to different types of injury. The ranges are very broad in order to account for the highly individual nature of injuries and to ensure that the most appropriate sum will be awarded.

This is the first part of your compensation payment, however. The other aspect is how much it will take to get your life back on track. The compensation aims to help you get as close as possible to your previous life. This includes any loss of earnings, the loss of future earnings, if you can’t continue in your previous career. It also counts any modifications you may require to help you adapt to your new life. Sometimes, this part of the compensation award exceeds the amount given for pain according to the Judicial College guidelines. Our expert solicitors highlight areas where you are making costly changes to your life that you deserve compensation for. This enables us to make sure that you receive the full compensation you deserve.

Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim For My Prison Accident Or Injury?

Prisoners often have no money available to make an upfront payment to cover legal fees. Working on a no win no fee basis allows us to act on your behalf for your prison accident claim. You pay nothing. Just leave it all to us, as we progress your claim and negotiate your compensation. You only pay for our services once you get your compensation. We will never leave you worse off as a result of making a prison accident claim for the compensation. We will also tell you the details of our fees in advance of making any decisions. It makes clear to you how much compensation you will receive in the end before you accept an offer. This way, you are in control of the process at all times and there are no unpleasant surprises.

Unfortunately, there are a few cases where we would not be able to offer our services on a no win no fee basis, but if you are in this unfortunate position we will make this clear to you and talk through your options for alternative funding solutions to make sure that you are as protected as possible.

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How Do I Make A Prison Accident Claim?

Making a no win no fee prison accident injury claim is very straightforward. The first thing to do is to select your solicitor. Our team of expert personal injury solicitors are available on 0121 565 4317. You can also use our online claims form to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation. During this discussion, we will listen to your story to ensure that we understand the important details of your case. These include:

The circumstances of your prison accident.

  • We need to know what happened and why. This is important as a key part of our case is showing that the prison service had a responsibility to avoid or mitigate (make less severe) your accident and that they were careless or negligent about this responsibility. We will need to know who you think was to blame and why.

The exact nature of your injuries.

  • We need to know exactly what injuries you have sustained and how severe these are. In many cases, you may have injuries that you were not aware of were related to your accident. An example of this is that many people who suffer arm injuries in a prison accident do not realize that their reduced grip strength might also be a symptom. Our highly experienced team has dealt with many prison accident injury cases and know exactly what to ask to ensure that we understand everything that you’re going through.

The ways in which your prison accident and injuries have impacted your life.

  • We need to know any additional expenses you might have incurred, either relating to your rehabilitation or to helping you to adapt to your injuries. These could include having to buy an automatic car if your injuries leave you struggling to drive a manual or loss of earnings if your injuries mean that you have been unable to work. These additional costs and difficulties will all be taken into account when calculating your compensation payment.

 

We understand that making a prison accident compensation claims may be stressful and you don’t know where to begin, but our highly experienced team of personal injury claims solicitors are here to help. If you are thinking of making a prison accident compensation claim, call us on 0121 565 4317 or use our online claims form to arrange your free, no obligation consultation.

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